I grew up in the 50s and 60s with the traditional Easter egg hunts at our church or in the backyard. My mother would hide the real eggs that my two brothers and I had decorated. (At the time, there was no such thing as the plastic eggs with treats.) We loved to hunt for Easter eggs and could do so for hours!
If the weather did not cooperate, we would hide the eggs in the house. Mother always made us count the eggs to be sure we had them all. I remember not being able to find one egg for about a week. We eventually realized it had fallen behind my bedroom dresser. I can still remember that hold-your nose-awful-smell of that rotten egg! PHEW!
I followed the same tradition of Easter egg hunts with my children. I’d hide real and plastic eggs throughout the backyard and inside the house and my children never tired of searching for them.
My friend Cindi and her husband Dick shared their family tradition of Easter egg hunts with me and oh, how I wished I had thought of this when my kids were small! Guess I can use this idea when I have grandchildren!
They do their annual Easter egg hunt at night with flashlights. How fun is that?! They say hunting Easter eggs at night equalizes the playing field for the kids and adults so everyone can get in on the fun.
If you think about it, flashlights can be a wonderful Easter symbol since Jesus is the “light” of the world!
“…Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” John 8:12